(Post by nerdbastards contributor Nick Bungay- Twitter @NickBungay)
A few days ago the internet went nuts over what appeared to be a documented case of time travel. We too were getting our Nike’s ready trying to get obtain 1.21 gigawatts of power after spotting, what appeared to be a lady holding a cell phone in a 1928 Charlie Chaplin movie. Well, shut off the DeLorean and put everything away, that time traveler isn’t really a person of the future. The individual from the Charlie Chaplin movie wasn’t holding a cell phone, it may have been a just a hearing aid.
Thanks to Live Science for doing all the hard detective work, which they in the end determined:
What [Insanely long-winded] Irish filmmaker George Clarke didn’t consider was that a simple ear trumpet could still explain it all, said hearing device historians.
“As you can tell from these pictures, old-fashioned mechanical or resonating hearing aids were not necessarily long and rounded,” said Philip Skroska, an archivist at the Bernard Becker Medical Library of Washington University in St. Louis.
“Short, compact rectangular forms were not unusual.” In other words, they could look something like a cell phone to imaginative YouTube viewers in the 21st century.
After all that fuss and it was over a hearing aid. Thanks for causing an uproar George, you pissed off a lot of Marty McFly cosplayers sir.